The Dutch designer Tord Boontje studied at both the Design Academy in Eindhoven and the Royal College of Art in London, where he founded Studio Tord Boontje in 1996. Since then he has worked on a series of innovative designs in the fields of lighting, furniture, textiles, and graphic design for international companies, as well as creating individual installations. His works form part of the collections of major museums, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
A partnership that spans many, many years connects him to Swarovski; he designed the famous chandelier “Blossom” für Swarovski Crystal Palace, jewelry for Atelier Swarovski, and the “Winter Wonderland” installation that could be seen from 2006 until 2010 at Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Innsbruck.
For Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Tord Boontje designed a star that lights up the majestic Christmas tree each year, along with luminous figures distributed around the entire park landscape. He also created a winter pavilion as a place for inspiration, refuge, and dreams at the center of Swarovski Crystal Worlds. With help from fashion designer Alexander McQueen, Tord Boontje unveiled his almost four-meter tall crystal tree, first presented at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2003 and which now orms the centerpiece of the enchanting, snow-covered Silent Light Chamber of Wonder at Swarovski Crystal Worlds.